Sunday, June 21, 2020

SACA Saturday K-8 Online Championship (US Chess Rated) - Sat, June 27th at 1 pm PDT on!

Southern Arizona Chess Announces
US Chess Rated Online Tournaments
for K-8 Scholastic Players on!

In partnership with, Southern Arizona Chess is now offering US Chess rated online tournaments for scholastic players. ChessKid is a safe, secure and positive place for kids to learn and play chess with activities like puzzle solving, videos, playing against their friends and participating in tournaments.

Final Results
Rating Report
Advance Entries

Tournament schedule:
DateDay TimeFormatLink to Register
6/27/20Saturday1 pm pacific4 rounds; G/15;+2

Tournament Prizes:

1st: $15 Amazon GC
2nd: $10 Amazon GC
3rd: $5 Amazon GC
4th: $5 Amazon GC
Top female (that does not win a GC): Free entry to the next SACA online championship.
  • Participation certificate emailed to all participants.
  • Prizes will be emailed 3-5 days after the tournament to allow for games to be screened for fair play.
  • Ties for GCs will be split between winners.

Tournament Format:
  • 4 rounds of G/15;+2. Rounds will be be paired consecutively after every game is completed from the previous round. There are no breaks between rounds.
  • Pairings based on a player's Fast Chess rating.
  • Tournament paired based on Swiss tournament pairing rules. 
  • Players compete in one section.
  • Pairings are done automatically by the system.
  • Tournament will be US Chess Online quick rated (does not affect US Chess OTB ratings). Tournament submitted for rating 3-5 days after the tournament to allow for games to be screened for fair play. 
  • Tournament is expected to last about 2 hours 15 minutes.
  • To get the most out of your online tournament experience, it's really important that you are completely prepared. Please follow our checklist.

Registration Details:
  • Open to all players in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Not limited to southern Arizona residents.
  • To register for the tournament, fill out the Google form or use the form below.
  • Registration closes at 9 am pacific on the day of the tournament.
  • Entry fee can be paid here:
  • Or, you can receive a link from Paypal to pay the $15 registration fee.
  • Once the payment has been made you will receive confirmation you've been added to the tournament.
  • Players must have a ChessKid account (if you do not have have one, SACA will provide a free account to you).
  • Players must have a current US Chess membership. You can join or renew here
  • You will be added to a special ChessKid club for the tournament.
  • Byes cannot be requested.

How to Join a Tournament:
  • How to join a Fast Chess tournament
  • Tournament link will be shared the day before the tournament.
  • Tournament link opens up 15 minutes before the tournament starts.
  • Players must have filled out the Google form and paid the entry fee to receive the link.
  • Players are advised to participate in the tournament from a computer. It is not recommended to play on a phone or mobile device.
  • Players may be able to join the tournament late, but will receive zero points for any missed rounds. Limited late entry is available but is not guaranteed.
  • The tournament starts at 1 pm pacific SHARP. 
  • Reentry is not available.
  • SACA is not responsible for wifi connection or technical issues.
  • To get the most out of your online tournament experience, it's really important that you are completely prepared. Please follow our checklist.
Practice Tournaments:
  • Players that register for the Saturday scholastic tournament may also play in SACA's practice tournaments held each Tuesday and Thursday at 11 am pacific.
  • Practice tournaments give players a chance to learn how to join tournaments, the format of the tournament, and to play some extra games.
  • Upon registering for the Saturday tournament, players will be added to the SACA ChessKid club to play in the practice tournaments.
  • Practice tournaments are free to participate in.
  • Format is 5 rounds, G/5;+5.
  • Virtual medals are awarded to the top 3 finishers.
  • Tournaments are announced by email, ChessKid club message, and Facebook.
  • Practice tournaments are not US Chess rated.
DateDay TimeFormatRegistration link opens 15 min prior
6/23/20Tues11 am PDT5 rounds; G/5; +5
6/25/20Thu11 am PDT5 rounds; G/5; +5

Fair Play:
  • SACA will abide by ChessKid Fair Play rules & US Chess policies. US Chess rules & consequences apply.
  • Computers and outside help are not allowed.
  • Tournament games will be reviewed by ChessKid and SACA tournament staff.
  • Players found in violation of Fair Play policies are not eligible for any prizes and their ChessKid account will be removed from SACA's club. ChessKid & US Chess consequences may also apply.
  • Parents, please have your player watch ChessKid's Fair Play video and help them understand that it's just not worth it!
Questions: Email